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Art & Inspiration HOW MANY CAUGHT THE OLD CAR BUG FROM AMT?

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  1. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
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    Deuces
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    from Michigan

    My first model kit I built in the Summer of 1971....:)
    These are back on the shelves again at your local hobby shop..
    Or, you can find them on ebay... SAM_8891.266144021_std.JPG
     
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  2. oldiron 440
    Joined: Dec 12, 2018
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    oldiron 440
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    I built models from the age 6 or 7 into my 20s. The thing that models did for me was they got me through my parents devorce at age 13. I had a library table in the basement and I would work on them from the time I got up on Saturday until I called it a day. They where my escape. I had a good relationship with the guy that owned the hobby shop at at 14 years old he let me charge an airbrush. I paid him for it and he displayed my builds and had me judge a pinewood derby at the school he was a principal at. From there it was a natural progression for me to go into bodywork and paint. The atension to quality and details I learned from building models set me up for life. The trust and friendship of an adult that believed in a kid building model cars was priceless.
    I never got into the glue or paint like some kids did I just like building cars.
     
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  3. banjeaux bob
    Joined: Aug 31, 2008
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    from alaska

    Actually, it was Matchbox cars that first ignited the fire in me.Then models...after that it was Rod and Custom magazine,and eventually the guys in the rented garage across the alley putting Cadillac engines in Studebakers.
     
  4. Constructionbob
    Joined: Aug 28, 2011
    Posts: 82

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    I live for this.. my 1st where an incomplete Olds Tornado found at a local skrapyard.
    1st bought 1/25 model is the one down in bottom at left.. rebuilt 2yrs ago for a 3 time.
    Then there have been a couple of hundred amt's.. now I would guess there is about 200
    objects in progress..
    [​IMG]
     
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  5. 3340
    Joined: Jun 4, 2010
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    Probably!


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  6. alfin32
    Joined: Jun 20, 2006
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    alfin32
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    from Essex, Ma.

    Built many as a kid in thr '50's, and would buy certain kits just to get a specific part for another build. At one point I kept all my clothes in a pile on the floor, so I could line up all my models, safely in the drawers. Very understanding mother!

    As they say, "I became interested in cars at a very early age, at the expense of normal social development".
     
  7. 46fatford
    Joined: Jul 8, 2007
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    I built a lot models as a kid. Unfortunately only a few have survived. I still have 100 + left in the basement unbuilt plus tons of extra parts. Thankfully my kids have an interest now, so its helping me become interested again. My dad built models back in the early 60's. Unfortunately none of his have survived.
     
  8. I started in the early 50s, by building and flying control line planes. (the balsa wood kits). My interest in hot rods started in 1957, when I read my first of those small hot rod magazines in my favourite burger joint/news stand. I was hooked on day one, and never stopped thinking of, and working on, my cars.
    I didn't buy my first die cast car until I was 45, and it was to pull a joke on a friend. I called him one evening after returning home from a week at work, and told him that I had just purchased a Mercedes 300SL. He took the hook right through the cheek like a cod fish. He asked me, what in the hell would I want and expensive car like that for, how will I ever enjoy it, it will cost a ton to maintain it, etc. Then he asked the question I was waiting for, where will you keep it? At this point, I told him that it looks really good on the mantel. I often wonder if he has really forgiven me.
    It also proves the point that you can get a lot of enjoyment out of a model car. I have several now, such as two of a 55 Cameo, some corvettes, a Cobra, and other nice cars like the '62 Chev SS.
    Bob
     
  9. lumpy 63
    Joined: Aug 2, 2010
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    I too have my models in IKEA cabinets:p
     
  10. ZZLEGEND
    Joined: Jul 20, 2008
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    10 years old in 1956, and caught the Amt bug at an old hobby shop down the street on Venice Blvd. Bubble skirts, scallop decals, white walls, chromed glue on louvers, antennas, spot lights, whew,,,,,,,,,,,,those were the good days.
     
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  11. Bill Nabors
    Joined: Jul 24, 2011
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    AMT in the 50s. The 32 roadster set me on fire. I had built a lot of planes and military stuff, but when I got that 32 I was hooked. I had seen a 27 roadster hot rod on the street in Jackson, Mississippi and the owner let me look it over before it was gone. I still have twenty or thirty car models ready to build when my knees go. Now I build full size ones. I have been working on a 35 pickup, and have a real 32 waiting for me to finish.
     
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  12. I think I caught the old car bug before I built AMT model cars. Here is me on the right with a few cars and trucks.... Picture 1197.jpg
     
  13. derbydad276
    Joined: May 29, 2011
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    yeah... pretty much ... the Testors glue got me hooked ....
    Now when I smell Race Gas ...same thing
     
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  14. 1ton
    Joined: Dec 3, 2010
    Posts: 359

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  15. rc57
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
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  16. abc123
    Joined: Oct 6, 2005
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    rc57, those are cool! Everybody, go click on his album link!
    I got started on AMT, too. A '59 Imperial in '59 or '60 when I was only about seven years old. I kept on building to the present and kinda skipped building 1:1 cars.
     
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  17. loudbang
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    Dam, none of mine EVER came out that good. If you didn't know they were models you might think a couple were real car shots.
     
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  18. philo426
    Joined: Sep 20, 2007
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    I dig models if all types! [​IMG]
     
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  19. enloe
    Joined: May 10, 2006
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    from east , tn.

    very cool
     
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  20. We had a bike shop up the block that had an amazing selection of models. Also detail parts... way too advanced for little kids. If they got to know us, they would sell us glue. $1.50 kits were $1.27, $2.00 kits were $1.77. They had the new line of AMT lacquers I guess around 1966 for $.69 a can. It sprayed well, most of my cars looked like the south end of a north-bound alligator for some reason.
     
  21. rc57
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
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    Thank you for the kind words. There are many excellent builders on here that make my stuff look like garbage (they should chime in).
    I don't build box-stock anymore , there's a lot in each from the parts bin.
    My 1:1 is far from box stock, but that's also why it's not done or being driven.
     
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  22. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
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    goldmountain

    The AMT Trophy kits were listed for $1.49 in the ads for Auto World in Rod & Custom and Car Craft but here in the local stores in Canada, they cost $2.39 and for a 10 year old kid like me that was extortion!
     
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  23. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
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    Deuces
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    from Michigan

    Now days you pay around 30 bucks for a great kit... That's highway robbery!.... :(
     
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  24. BuckeyeBuicks
    Joined: Jan 4, 2010
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    from ohio

    I agree, that's why I am always looking for built cars and parts at yard sales and flee markets.
     
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  25. Dangerousdan
    Joined: Apr 12, 2018
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    from Arizona

    AMT It was in my blood before the models were available. I remember my first AMT it just made my life better.
     
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  26. I won't say that I acquired my hot rod bug from AMT, but it did certainly feed my desire. My bug came naturally after I first saw my neighbor's 32 Ford highboy roadster back in 1959, after that....Hot Rod Magazines along with lots of time putting together dreams with model cars. I no longer have them, don't know where they went. Probably my mom got rid of them when I went overseas.
     
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  27. lumpy 63
    Joined: Aug 2, 2010
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    Still playing! :D
    1387.jpeg
     
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  28. topher5150
    Joined: Feb 10, 2017
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    Kind of started my collection over once I got married. My two favorites are the R/M big deuce 32 Ford roadster with Jag engine and suspension, and I wanted to make a 68 Shelby GT350 convertible like my dad's so I had to splice a convert to a fastback IMG_20190717_202605482.jpeg IMG_20190717_202550268.jpeg IMG_20190717_202539464.jpeg

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  29. Forever Blue
    Joined: Sep 20, 2012
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    Yes, it was AMT that got it going. 1934 Ford pickup model, I had a few cheap models before that, but now this was something far above them. Since then, a 34 Ford pickup was my dream build, guess what I've got stashed in a c-can. It'll be my next build
     
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  30. SS327
    Joined: Sep 11, 2017
    Posts: 132

    SS327

    Revell, Monogram, AMT, Johan and a few others I cant remember right now all played a part in every hotrodders life to some extent. Be it good or bad.

    Denny
     
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